LA and Chick-Fil-A: Such a clear post!
Fr. Longenecker does a much better job than I seem to be taking time to do in explaining the a) difference between Dan Cathey, president of Chick-Fil-A, and other corporate speakers on the subject of same-sex unions and calling them marriage, and b) the hypocrisy of some in the media and elsewhere in how they approach these issues.
I particularly like this comparison:
The equivalent of Starbuck’s move would be for Chick-Fil-A to issue a public corporate policy statement in formal opposition to gay marriage and to fund measures to repeal it. An equivalent action by Chick-Fil-A to Ben and Jerry’s marketing and publicity blitz would be for Chick-Fil-A to name a new sandwich ‘The Mom and Dad Traditional Chicken Sandwich’ with a marketing campaign saying, “If you support Mom and Dad not Dad and Dad–then buy this sandwich, along with a media blitz to convince people to be against gay marriage.
Yeah. Exactly. So, please stop telling me how all us evil Christians, including evil Big Christian Business and the Catholic Church, are so bigoted and discriminatory against this poor new minority. Unlike some of my caucasian brothers and sisters of the Jim Crow era, I have no problem with anyone because of who they are, and I only have a problem with what they do when that conduct seeks to impinge on my right to do what I do (as in the case of redefining marriage, and hate-speech laws taken to ridiculous lengths, etc.).
For my part, I share the concern I’ve heard expressed, most recently by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, and the incoming bishop of Glasgow, Bishop Tartaglia, that those who believe Christian values are bigoted and discriminatory will seek to marginalize people of faith, even to the point of imprisonment. All I can say is:
It will put me in good company, and I promise I will not go softly into that good night. I don’t think they know who they’re messing with; FYI, folks, this is not Cardinal Bernadin’s Catholic Church./ We are MUCH less confused about what is right, and about how to communicate it and defend it, even in the courts and elsewhere, if necessary. I don’t think we’ll have to go the way of the Cristeros, but then again, I don’t think the folks who seek to marginalize us have the stones of Plutarco Elias Calles, either. I pray I am right, because if I am not, there could be rocky times ahead…